Bold U.S. Energy Goal Put Forward on Capitol Hill: 25 Percent of Energy From Renewable Sources by 2025

Bipartisan Proposal Has Broad Support From Agriculture and Industry

Leaders, Governors, States

Jan 18, 2007, 00:00 ET from 25x'25

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bipartisan group of
 Senators and Representatives have re-introduced the 25x'25 House and Senate
 Concurrent Resolutions calling for a new national renewable energy goal:
 25% of the nation's energy supply from renewable sources by 2025. The
 resolutions spring from an expanding and politically influential coalition
 that now includes nearly 400 agriculture, industry, and environmental
 groups, as well as over 20 current and former governors and several state
     "Today we have Republicans and Democrats, rural and urban interests,
 and representatives from a diverse array of farm, forestry, business and
 environmental organizations coming together behind a common energy goal for
 the nation," said 25x'25 Steering Committee Co-Chair Bill Richards. "Our
 alliance has gained unprecedented support for such an approach."
     "We are excited that the sponsors moved so quickly to re-introduce the
 bill and applaud them for their leadership," Richards said. "We look
 forward to working with them to advance the 25x'25 goal and the enabling
 policies that will bring this vision to life."
     Lead sponsors in the Senate this year include: Sens. Ken Salazar (D-
 Colo.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Richard Lugar (R-
 Ind.), Barack Obama (D-Ill), and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). Lead House sponsors
 are: Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Mark Udall (D-
 Colo.), and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.).
     "Setting the goal of 25x'25 is the critical first step in moving toward
 an America that is more secure, more environmentally sound, and more energy
 self- sufficient," said Co-Chair Read Smith. "Goals are important. Goals
 were important when we electrified rural America, when we built the
 interstate highway system, and when we sent a man to the moon. We urge all
 Americans to join with us in this historic opportunity."
     The Senate Resolution, S. Con. Res. 3 is being introduced with more
 than 20 co-sponsors, and the House Resolution, H. Con. Res. 25, currently
 has 35 co-sponsors.
     Several members of the Senate expressed their support for 25x'25:
     "Energy independence is not just a talking point -- it is a realistic
 goal and the 25x'25 resolution will chart that course," said Sen. Salazar.
 "We can reduce our dependence on foreign oil, enhance our national
 security, protect our land and water and create new jobs throughout rural
 America; we just need to make the commitment. This is the first step down
 that important path."
     "Unfortunately 'abracadabra' won't solve our energy problems, which is
 why the 25x'25 initiative is so important," said Sen. Grassley. "This
 initiative sets a goal that we all can work toward with sensible policies
 and incentives."
     "Global oil and natural gas reserves are concentrated in tumultuous
 regions that include nations hostile to the United States," said Sen.
 Lugar. "Our national security and economic prosperity demand that we move
 to a more sustainable energy future. I applaud members of the 25x'25
 coalition for their leadership in promoting renewable energy."
     "This 25x'25 vision represents the compass point that America needs to
 set us on a course for a real, substantive transition of our energy
 systems," said Sen. Harkin. "Achieving this goal will reduce our dependence
 on foreign oil and our greenhouse gas emissions while giving us more
 control over our energy economy."
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